Washington, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is by no means a beloved American institution, but now the agency has reached a new level of infamy as February’s Scoundrel of the Month. CREW’s voters singled out the IRS for its total failure to act in response to the deluge of unregulated dark money that continues to pour into our elections as a result of Citizens United.
“In typically tone-deaf fashion, the IRS claims only that it is ‘aware’ of public concern over unregulated money in politics, even though it created the very loophole allowing dark money groups to operate,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Clearly, Americans aren’t fooled. The IRS failed to make its case in the court of public opinion, and now it will have to defend itself in federal court.”
In February, CREW and former Illinois congressional candidate Dr. David Gill sued the IRS for enacting a regulation that conflicts with federal law by allowing 501(c)(4) organizations to engage in political activity. Since the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, countless 501(c)(4) groups have sprung up for the express purpose of running negative political ads. Relying on the IRS-created loophole, the American Action Network spent nearly $1.5 million opposing Dr. Gill — including more than $1 million on negative ads in the final weeks of the 2012 elections.
Nominations are already being accepted for March’s Scoundrel of the Month. People, entities, and agencies are all eligible. Submit your nominations by March 22. Voting will begin the following week.